I borrowed this post from my work parenting blog – but that’s ok. I think Mr. Bentley’s photographs are fascinating.
A lot of the U.S. has been experiencing snow this week.
The Chicago suburbs experienced the third biggest snowfall on record for the area.
So, we might as well think about snow (because a lot of us can look out the window and see mounds of it – ready for investigation).
You’ve heard people say, “No two snowflakes are alike,” but did you ever wonder who figured that out?
We know of course, that only God could create a variety of shapes in such tiny little flakes – but who sat there and looked through hundreds of snowflakes to discover each one is different?
A Vermont farmer named Wilson Bentley.
Mr. Bentley lived in the late 1800s. From early childhood, he was fascinated by snow. He figured out how to attach a camera to his microscope and experimented with photographing individual flakes.
Snowflakes became his life obsession and it is said he captured and photographed more than 5,000 flakes over a time period of 46 years. He found no two alike.
I have included some of his pictures on this post – but there are many others easily accessible on the Internet (just do a Wilson Bentley snowflake image search). Books have been written about Wilson and his work – including a child’s Caldecott Award Winner. Although we do not know whether or not Mr. Bentley was a Christian (and nothing in his biography indicates that he was), looking at the snowflakes he photographed is a remarkable display of God’s creation … and something fun to share with your kids.
After you’ve looked at some of the pictures, give your child a dark piece of paper or material and have them study some snowflakes in your own backyard.